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post #11 of 17 Old 12-19-2010, 10:12 AM
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If they are anything like the Peruvian they do not ride them until 4. They are not fully developed until 5 or 6 I personally would wait and not rush them. I definately would not be gaiting them at high speeds when they are young.
I don't know anything about Peruvians or Pasos but I agree with Churumbeque. I would not push a 3 yr. old at all, regardless of your weight and its size. They're still very young and developing their bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles. I always think of pushing a young horse as making a 12 or 13 yr. old child carry a 40 or 50 lb. backpack all day. The damage may be getting done quietly and not show up for years.
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post #12 of 17 Old 12-26-2010, 08:26 PM
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I have both pasos and TWH and due to the paso's shorter back they are pretty strong and sturdy and can carry an average size person with no problem. My husband is 5'9 and weighs 165 lbs and his paso can carry him on the trails with no problems at all.
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YES he is too young to be started under saddle, if you follow proper paso training protocol, none are started before the age of 5. Ground training, tack training fine but NOT BACKED UNTIL FULLY DEVELOPPED .

As for the size, really who cares what others think. My tallest peruvian is my stud @ 14.3hh but I also have 2 peruvian mares @ 13hh and a paso fino @ 13hh. ALL take my lard arse everywhere AND out last the "normal" sized horses we have around here .
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I'm 190 lb and 5'6" and I ride a 14hh Paso...she has never had any problems with me, and we compete in barrels, poles and other gaming events, as well as trail riding.
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This is me on my mare, I know shes just a mustang not a paso & I don't know anything about gaited horses but she sure has a different feel than other horses I have rode and she has a lot of knee action. Anyway she is 14.2 and I am 6 ft 150 - 160. I probably look to big as well. but she goes good so I have not worried.
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I loved these answers. I am 5'3" about 160 lbs. I ride a small paso also and love the size. I think these horses are perfect horses for the older people. You do not have to find a log to get back on after drinking to much coffee in the morning. Normally, a 3 hour ride is all you can do anymore. So you so not have to worry about wearing the little guy out. In which they are like the battery bunny. Just keep on going. You can still get the saddle and bridle on with little effort. And you feel very safe knowing if your horse does spook and he goes one way and your body goes another the drop is not to far down. I love my paso's.
We broke ours out when they were 5.
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I loved these answers. I am 5'3" about 160 lbs. I ride a small paso also and love the size. I think these horses are perfect horses for the older people. You do not have to find a log to get back on after drinking to much coffee in the morning. Normally, a 3 hour ride is all you can do anymore. So you so not have to worry about wearing the little guy out. In which they are like the battery bunny. Just keep on going. You can still get the saddle and bridle on with little effort. And you feel very safe knowing if your horse does spook and he goes one way and your body goes another the drop is not to far down. I love my paso's.
We broke ours out when they were 5.
LOVE this answer!! :) I've always said how it's a short fall if you do happen to part ways with your pony! haha!!
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